FAQ: Bluetooth Pedals

The PageFlip Butterfly is a new and improved version of our original Cicada pedal. It is hefty, rugged, and features large silent tactile pedals. It is far better than competing products that offer only small buttons or unresponsive membrane switches. The PageFlip Firefly is our best-selling premium pedal. It has additional features beyond the Butterfly, including illuminated pedals for use in dim venues, programmable pedal modes, wireless (Bluetooth) or wired (USB) operation, added heft and ruggedness, and auxiliary outlets for external pedals that can turn the Firefly into a quad pedal system. Try the PageFlip Dragonfly if you want a fully integrated, compact quad pedal. Please refer to the comparison chart shown here.

Yes, PageFlip pedals work with all iPad versions and all Android tablets supporting Bluetooth 3.0 or later. However, the pedals only work with apps that accept keyboard commands. The most popular compatible iPad apps are Forscore, unrealBook, OnSong, Deepdish Gigbook, and Newzik. The most popular compatible Android apps are MobileSheets, SongBook, Fakebook, GuitarTapp Pro, and ezPDF Reader. Click here for the full list of compatible apps. The list of compatible software is sure to grow. Check back here for updates.

Yes. PageFlip pedals emulate a keyboard that emits key presses. The pedal's emitted signals are determined by the pedal mode buttons. Any software on a computer or tablet (e.g., Surface Pro) running Windows or MacOS will be able to interpret these key presses, whether they were triggered by tapping the pedal or any computer keyboard. Try PageFlip pedals with Power Music Software on Windows.

PageFlip pedals work with Kindle Fire HD. Older Kindle hardware does not support Bluetooth or include a USB port. However, Kindle software for the PC and Mac works with the pedal. Now, you can also turn pages in the Kindle and iBooks app on iPads by following these instructions.

PageFlip pedals work with any app that responds to arrow keys or PageUp/PageDown key presses. A list of compatible apps can be found here. In general, if the app works with a Bluetooth keyboard, it will work with our pedals.

Download our free Windows or Mac software to reprogram the pedal functions. Pair the Firefly or Dragonfly pedal to your computer using Bluetooth. Do not use USB to connect the pedal to the computer during this reprogramming process. Run the PageFlip software to display an image of your pedal with overlaid text fields for specifying the desired mode functions. The program should show "Connected" to confirm that the pedal is properly paired to the computer. If not, exit the program and attempt to re-pair the pedal to the computer before running the program again. Once the program confirms that the pedal is "Connected" to the computer, click on each pedal field and press a keyboard button or on-screen button to reprogram the selected field. Press "Save" to save the entries. A message will be displayed to confirm the pedal status.

The best source for free classical music is the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) at imslp.org. Extensive collections of popular music can be found at onlinesheetmusic.com, sheetmusicdirect.com, musicnotes.com, sheetmusicscore.com, or everynote.com. CD Sheet Music from halleonard.com is a great source of scanned classical music conveniently available on CDs. Search the internet for "sheet music download" to get updated results.

You must scan the physical pages. For best results, try to avoid the shadows near the book spine by using a flatbed book scanner such as the Plustek OpticBook 3600. Visit www.plustek.com for more details. A more cost-effective solution is to use a great new service provided by 1dollarscan.com. Simply mail them your books, and they will cut off the binding and scan the loose pages at 300dpi for $1 per set of 100 sheets. Additional charges apply for scanning at 600dpi or to apply a deskewing algorithm. Visit 1dollarscan.com for more information. Please note that this is a destructive process. You will get a pdf file for each book you send but you will sacrifice your book in the process. They discard the book after chopping off the binding and scanning the pages.

The Firefly features L/R jacks on the rear of the pedal that you can use to plug other foot pedals. The L/R jacks accept 1/8" mono plugs. We deliberately designed this capability to accommodate the preferences of our diverse users. Therefore, if you have any particular pedal or switch that you prefer over the Firefly's integrated pedal, then by all means plug it in! The Butterfly and Dragonfly do not have L/R jacks for external pedals.

Make sure to install two fresh AA batteries in the pedal. The Firefly/Dragonfly pedal may also be used without batteries by plugging it into the wall using the supplied USB power cable and any USB AC adapter, such as those already included with iPads/iPhones. It may also be plugged into a computer's USB port for power.

An LED is lit next to the current mode setting of the pedal. Simply press a different mode button to change the setting. The LED will turn off once the pedal enters sleep mode after an inactivity period of 30 minutes.

Confirm that the device "Dual Pedal" (Butterfly), "Premium Pedal" (Firefly), or "Quad Pedal" (Dragonfly) is paired to your tablet or computer and that the correct pedal mode is selected. Some software may require arrow keys while others may require PageUp/PageDown or other keystrokes. Try several modes until you find one that works. If you reprogrammed the mode buttons on the Firefly/Dragonfly, press the "Mode Reset" button on the rear of the pedal to reset to factory defaults. Note for unrealBook users on the iPad: you must go to the app's settings (tap the gear icon) and set Network->Airturn Setup->Airturn Support to ON. NextSong switches can be left OFF. The app will then respond to the Up/Down Arrow keys.

Confirm that the device "Dual Pedal" (Butterfly), "Premium Pedal" (Firefly), or "Quad Pedal" (Dragonfly) is paired to your tablet or computer and that the Up/Down arrow mode is set on the pedal. This is indicated by a blinking light next to the middle mode button. Then, make sure you go to the app's settings (tap the gear icon) and set Network->Airturn Setup->Airturn Support to ON. NextSong switches can be left OFF. The unrealbook app will then respond to the Up/Down Arrow keys.

A solid LED means that the pedal is plugged into a power source (Firefly/Dragonfly only). If the RESET button is pressed, the pedal enters Bluetooth discovery mode and all the LEDs flash in sequence. The LED flashes once per second after the pedal is turned on and is attempting to establish a Bluetooth connection with a paired device. The LED flashes once every four seconds to signal that the pedal is already paired. Repeated bursts of three quick flashes signal a low-battery condition. Please replace the two AA batteries once you see this triple-flash warning.

In an attempt to preserve battery life, the pedal enters sleep mode after an inactivity period of 30 minutes. Tapping a pedal will make the unit attempt to re-establish the Bluetooth connection. This may take a few seconds. It is not possible to disable this sleep function when operating in battery mode. The Firefly and Dragonfly pedals will never go to sleep if you use the supplied USB cable to connect the pedal to a USB AC adapter or a computer. You will know that the pedal is asleep if the pedal is turned on and there are no blinking lights. If the pedal is awake, a light will blink once every four seconds. It is advisable to tap the pedal once and verify that it turns pages when you want to use the pedal after a long delay lasting over 30 minutes.

Delete the device displayed in the host and press the BLUETOOTH RESET button on the pedal. Initial discovery mode may take up to 10 seconds. Follow your computer's instructions on how to pair Bluetooth devices.

No, you must only pair the pedal once to a device (e.g., iPad/Mac/Windows computer). There is no need to pair it again once you turn on the pedal or device again. If you find that the pedal loses its pairing, then contact customer support. The only time you need to pair the pedal again with a device is if you paired the pedal to another device in the interim. The pedal only remembers one pairing at a time.

Yes. To maintain wireless Bluetooth connectivity, simply plug in an optional USB Bluetooth dongle (3.0 or later) into the computer's USB port. The dongle is available in the PageFlip online store. Follow your computer's instructions for adding Bluetooth devices. On the Firefly and Dragonfly, you also have the option of connecting the pedal to the computer with the USB cable (included) for wired connectivity.

The dongle is only needed if you are using the pedal with a tablet or computer that does not support Bluetooth 3.0 or later. Note that the dongle is never needed for iPads or Macs since they all have Bluetooth support. Windows and Linux computers may come without integrated Bluetooth support so they are the only candidates for using the dongle. Dongles can be purchased in the PageFlip online store.

No. All PageFlip pedals turn a page only when the user triggers it by tapping a pedal.

The Firefly and Dragonfly pedals feature an Autorepeat switch that can be used to emit a rapid succession of commands as long as the pedal is pressed down. Turn on Autorepeat if you are interested in fast browsing or scrolling. Turn off Autorepeat to avoid multiple pages from turning at once if you inadvertently press the pedal too long. It is therefore best to turn off Autorepeat during a performance.

Press the current mode (CM) button, which lies next to the blinking light, to hide/eject the virtual keyboard. After you press the CM button once, you will be able to access the virtual keyboard to enter text whenever you need it for the duration of your session. Test it by tapping into a text field and confirming that the virtual keyboard appears on the screen.

All PageFlip pedals are made of highly durable plastic that can withstand stomping and rugged use. The pedals were designed to meet these critical requirements for our most demanding users.

The black pedal may be hard to see when using it in dim lighting. Firefly and Dragonfly users can simply turn on the Light switch on the front panel to illuminate the pedals. Butterfly users can try to apply fluorescent self-adhesive tape to the pedals to make it glow in the dark. The Firefly dual pedal and Dragonfly quad pedal are the best choices for users who play in dim venues.

The Butterfly pedal derives its name from the butterfly insect whose graceful wings inspired the pedal's sleek design. The PageFlip Firefly features illuminated pedals so its name is inspired by the gentle glow emitted by the firefly insect. The PageFlip Dragonfly is a quad pedal so it is named after the majestic dragonfly, which has a total of four wings.